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Play of the Year Semifinals

Tournament Comes Down To Final Four Plays

Monday, 05.31.2010 / 12:04 PM MT / Features
By - Official Site of the Colorado Avalanche
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Play of the Year Semifinals
We're down to the final four in's "Play of the Year" tournament. Semifinal action runs through Monday, June 7 at 12:00 p.m. MT, so be sure to vote for your favorite play today.

Quarterfinal Results:
#1 Cumiskey Quick In OT (67.48%) defeats #24 One Of Many For Andy (32.52%)
#4 Wilson Crushes Oshie (54.50%) defeats #12 Duchene's First Goal (45.50%)
#6 Playoff Bound (72.07%) defeats #3 Wolski Walks Around Flames (27.93%)
#10 Hendricks Ends Marathon (65.58%) defeats #15 Wilson Levels Thompson (34.42%)

Click here for a PDF of the full bracket

SEMIFINAL 1: #1 Kyle Cumiskey vs. #4 Ryan Wilson
The top overall seed in the tournament has moved on to the semifinals, where it will take on a Ryan Wilson body check.

Cumiskey Quick In OT – 2/10 vs. Atlanta (66.54% in Week 19)
Kyle Cumiskey scored the game-winning goal just nine seconds into overtime against Atlanta. After Paul Stastny won the opening faceoff in the extra session, Cumiskey skated up-ice, weaving through all four Atlanta defenders before making a quick move to beat Thrashers goaltender Johan Hedberg and give Colorado a 4-3 victory.


Wilson Crushes Oshie – 12/7 @ St. Louis (60.53% in Week 10)
After receiving a pass from Carlo Colaiacovo near the Avalanche blue line, T.J. Oshie looked to carry the puck into the offensive zone. However, Oshie was met by rookie defenseman Ryan Wilson, who threw a thundering hit on the St. Louis forward.

SEMIFINAL 2: #6 Matt Duchene vs. #10 Matt Hendricks
No major upset specials advanced to the semifinal round, as the four plays still in the running were among the top-10 ranked plays during the season.

Playoff Bound – 4/6 @ Vancouver (57.32% in Week 25)
The stakes were simple when Matt Duchene picked up the puck at center ice and headed toward Vancouver netminder Roberto Luongo in the shootout. If the rookie scored, the Avs were headed to the playoffs. Duchene did just that, beating Luongo stick side to give Colorado its 12th playoff berth during its 14 years in Denver.


Hendricks Ends Marathon – 1/9 @ Buffalo (50.43% in Week 15)
Matt Hendricks dug deep into his bag of tricks, bringing out an old move he used back in high school to help the Avs top the Sabres in a shootout. As the tiebreaker stretched to an 11th round, Hendricks made a big shot fake – complete with a leg kick – to get Buffalo netminder Patrick Lalime down on his pads. From there, the forward went to his backhand to put home the shootout winner.


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